Blackhorse E-News – February, 2012

In this issue:

Happy Birthday to Blackhorse – SFC Rodney J. T. Yano Memorial – Phil Keith’s Blackhorse Riders and other books of interest – Schlarship info – Hoedown – more . . .



To celebrate, join us on our newly improved website being propagated to the internet today, our 111th year. Thanks Jess for getting us started and thanks Greg for all your work on the new site. Visit us often at



The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning will conduct a memorial dedication ceremony in memory of SFC Rodney J.T. Yano on 23 March 2012. General Doc Bahnsen will be the keynote speaker. The time of the ceremony will be 10 A.M.

All are invited. There are no special requirements to access the dedication site, a Military ID or current driver license is all that is required. Signs will be posted from the I-185 gate directing guests to the dedication site.

To assist planners at Fort Benning, please email Mr. Scott Fountain at if you plan to attend.



The Blackhorse Association is proud to announce the soon to be released work of Phil Keith. "Blackhorse Riders" is due out this month with foreword by John Poindexter and available at at in both hard back and Kindle. Sincere wishes for a huge success on the release date of 14 February 2012. Click here to order at Amazon.


  • "American Warrior" by Brig. General John C. "Doc" Bahnsen,Jr., U.S. Army (Ret) with Wess Roberts and foreword by H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General, U.S. Army (Ret). Click here to order at Amazon.

  • "One Hell of a Ride – Inside an Armored Cavalry Task Force in Vietnam" by Colonel (Ret) William C. Haponski with foreword by General of the Army Jean Delaunay (Retired), French Army. Click here to order at Amazon.

  • "2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, April 1971 – March 1972" by William M. Stokes, III with Douglas E. Kibbey. This work was self published by Colonel (Ret) Bill Stokes (former Sqdn. Cdr., 2/11) to be made available to troopers of 2/11, Air Cavalry Troop and other support elements that remained in Vietnam after the Regiment stood down in 1971. Colonel Stokes has 25 paper copies available for troopers who served in that period. Colonel Stokes contact info:

  • Dr. Lewis Sorley- Bob served in 2nd and 6th Cavalry Regiments and has authored at least a dozen books of great interest. His works are available at or similar sites.

  • "The Anonymous Battle", An account of an unnamed battle in War Zone C by Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 26 March 1970 by Captain John B. Poindexter, U.S. Army (Ret). John was troop commander of A Troop during the "Anonymous Battle’, a battle that earned Alpha Troop The Presidential Unit Citation. If you desire a copy, visit our website at and make your request known at the "Contact Us" link. We will attempt to secure copies.

  • "Tanker Jimmie Leach: One of Patton’s Last WWII Tank Commanders Tells His Story of War and Service". This interesting work assembled by Matthew Hermes, PhD. Contact Dr. Hermes at for availability.

  • Bob Patton is completing his history of war correspondents who covered European affairs in the late 1800’s. Entitled: Monster Picnic: American War Reporters in 19th Century Europe, this (his fifth book) will be published by Random House this winter.

  • Ben Patton is preparing the unveiling of his new (first) book: Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family. The book should be out in March. Check his website at: or check for availability.


Effective 1 January 2012 our official mailing address is:

The Blackhorse Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 223

Hemphill, Texas 75948-0223


Applications for 2012 Blackhorse Scholarships must reach Dir. of Scholarships, Colonel (Ret) Bob Hurt no later than 1 April 2012.

New applicants should follow the guidelines on our website found by clicking on this link.

For those previous recipients, your application process is somewhat streamlined. You must apply by letter with a letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor and a copy of your most recent transcript.

All requirements and appropriate mailing addresses and contact info is provided on our website here.

Once you apply, it is imperative that you maintain a serviceable email address throughout the application, award and payment process.


American Legion Newport Harbor Post

7th Annual Hoedown Fund-Raiser

Steve Spriggs and the members of Post 291 have been faithful in providing scholarship donations to the association. Post 291 is one of our three leading annual donors. The 7th Annual Hoedown Fund-Raiser is scheduled for March 3, 2012 at their beautiful harbor facility in Newport Beach, California. See the flyer here and if you are in the area, please plan on supporting Post 291 in this most noble cause. Thanks Steve and all members of Post 291. Allons!



Glenn Snodgrass and his great crew have planned an interesting reunion during the period June 7 – 10, 2012. Please register early so the planners can insure our meetings and banquet halls are of adequate size to accommodate the various events. Our attendance numbers are growing each year and we need good estimates of attendance in order to insure we do not over commit for the various event venues. It is also recommended that you reserve your hotel room early. The hotel has a very satisfactory cancellation policy. More detailed reunion information is posted at Notice—- that is ".com". The same information may be found on our website at the Programs/Reunion Link at




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